U.S. Rep. Pocan: Statement on Trump’s Request to Rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Contact: Ron Boehmer 202-225-2906

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today released the following statement regarding reports that President Trump is requesting to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership after campaigning against the agreement and declaring it dead last year.

“Should reports be true that he wants to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership, President Trump would once again be abandoning the millions of hard working Americans he promised to serve. The reason President Trump won the state of Wisconsin is because of the issue of trade and re-entering the agreement would be a direct slap in the face to people who voted for him expecting that he would save their jobs and deliver on economic promises such as ending outsourcing.

“Members of Congress worked with organized labor, environmental groups, human rights organizations, and consumer advocates to defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership because we rightly believed that it would further decimate many vulnerable communities. The same old trade agreements are the wrong path forward for the American people and we demand a new trade model for agreements going forward.

“President Trump must live up to his rhetoric and deliver on trade agreements that stop the outsourcing of American jobs, protect our environment, and get rid of the special protections for corporations at the expense of the American people. Until the President seeks to enter into agreements that benefit the American worker, I will do everything I can to ensure that the United States does not rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”

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